NGSS Life Science Biology Curriculum

NGSS Life Science Biology Curriculum
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Next Generation Science Standards
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About this Product

This bundle includes Life Science teaching materials differentiated for grades 3-5 & 6-8:

• Differentiated Life Science Course and Unit Planning Guides

• Editable PowerPoint Presentations, Scaffolded Notes and Exams

• Interactive Notebook Lessons (Input Notes, INB Activities, Quizzes & Reflection Exercises)

• Bell Ringers, Homework and Task Cards Tiered to Bloom's Taxonomy

• Reading Passages with Text-Based Evidence Comprehension Questions

• SNAPs Lab Stations Activities

• Vocabulary Builders & Review Materials (coming soon)

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About the Differentiation

Topics are differentiated for upper elementary, intermediate and advanced students. This bundle is MOST appropriate for middle school grades, but works great for upper elementary and lower high school grades as well. A color-shape code system will help you differentiate these concepts for your students' needs and abilities.

Next Generation Science Standards

This product satisfies Life Science Next Generation Science Standards for Grades 3-5 and Middle School. The content in these products exceeds NGSS in order to satisfy state standards, to provide background information to NGSS and to enrich or enhance NGSS. Reference files are included with this download to help you correlate activities to NGSS.



The PPs in this bundle are designed to help you deliver, discuss and assess physical science content. There are three teaching tools included with each PowerPoint product in this bundle:

• PowerPoint Presentation (differentiated and editable slides)

• Scaffolded Notes (differentiated, editable and modified/completed notes included)

• Summative Examination (differentiated, editable and answer key included)

The following PowerPoints, Notes & Exams are included in this bundle:

Animal Adaptations PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Cells PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Cell Division PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Classification PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Ecology PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Evolution and Natural Selection PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Five Senses and Sensory Processing PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Heredity and Genetics PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Homeostasis and Disease PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Human Body Systems Overview PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Human Body Anatomy and Function PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Immunity PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Life Cycles PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Metabolism and Nutrition PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Microscopes PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Plants PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Reproduction and Development PowerPoint, Notes & Exam

Note: The PowerPoints are .pptx files. The notes and exams are .docx files. The fonts are safe for use with Microsoft Office PowerPoint and Word and come with most Microsoft Office versions.


My interactive notebook lessons are organized into units. Each unit is composed of interactive notebook chapters. Each chapter includes:

• An overview with photos of the completed INB activity

• One page of input notes (differentiated when necessary)

• At least one INB activity (key included)

• A 4-5 question mini assessment (key included)

• A 2-part reflection exercise (generic & self-assessment reflection prompts included)

Editable copies of all input notes included as separate .docx files.

This bundle includes the following Interactive Notebook Units:

Animal Adaptations INB Unit

Cells INB Unit

Cell Division INB Unit

Classification of Living Things INB Unit

Ecology INB Unit

Evolution and Natural Selection INB Unit

The Five Senses and Sensory Processing INB Unit

Heredity and Genetics INB Unit

Homeostasis and Disease INB Unit

Immunity INB Unit

Human Body Overview INB Unit

Human Anatomy and Physiology INB Unit

Life Cycle INB Unit

Metabolism and Nutrition INB Unit

Microscopes INB Unit

Plants INB Unit

Reproduction and Development INB Unit


These differentiated and tiered 3-part activities are designed to "warmup" students at the beginning of a lesson. Activities are aligned with the interactive notebook chapters for each respective unit. Full and half page printing options and key included.

The following bell ringers are included in this bundle:

Animal Adaptations Bell Ringers

Cells Bell Ringers

Cell Division Bell Ringers

Classification of Living Things Bell Ringers

Ecology Bell Ringers

Evolution and Natural Selection Bell Ringers

Five Senses and Sensory Processing Bell Ringers

Heredity and Genetics Bell Ringers

Homeostasis and Disease Bell Ringers

Immunity Bell Ringers

Human Body Overview Bell Ringers

Human Anatomy and Physiology Bell Ringers

Life Cycles Bell Ringers

Metabolism and Nutrition Bell Ringers

Microscopes Bell Ringers

Plants Bell Ringers

Reproduction and Development Bell Ringers


These differentiated and tiered 3-part assignments are designed to be a 15 to 20 minute at-home or independent activity. The assignments align with the interactive notebook chapters for each respective unit. They are best used following an INB lesson.

The following homework assignments are included in this bundle:

• Animal Adaptations Homework

Cells and Cell Membrane Homework

• Cell Division Homework

• Classification of Living Things Homework

Ecology Homework

• Evolution and Natural Selection Homework

• Five Senses and Sensory Processing Homework

• Heredity and Genetics Homework

• Homeostasis and Disease Homework

• Immunity Homework

Human Body Overview Homework

• Human Anatomy and Physiology Homework

• Life Cycles Homework

• Metabolism and Nutrition Homework

Microscopes Homework

• Plants Homework

• Reproduction and Development Homework


These differentiated reading passages with text-based evidence comprehension questions can be used a variety of ways, including close reading in the classroom, preparation for SNAPs labs or homework. Passages align with interactive notebook chapters.

The following reading passages are included in this bundle:

• Animal Adaptations Reading Passages

Cells and Cell Membrane Reading Passages

• Cell Division Reading Passages

• Classification of Living Things Reading Passages

• Ecology Reading Passages

• Evolution and Natural Selection Reading Passages

• Five Senses and Sensory Processing Reading Passages

• Heredity and Genetics Reading Passages

• Homeostasis and Disease Reading Passages

• Immunity Reading Passages

Human Body Overview Reading Passages

• Human Anatomy and Physiology Reading Passages

• Life Cycles Reading Passages

• Metabolism and Nutrition Reading Passages

Microscopes Reading Passages

• Plants Reading Passages

• Reproduction and Development Reading Passages


The task card questions are differentiated (with a color and shape code) and tiered with a "signal strength" code so to probe lower, mid and higher order thinking. Questions are tiered according to the revised Bloom's taxonomy. Answer sheets (differentiated) and key included for each task card set.

The following task card sets are included in this bundle:

Animal Adaptations Task Cards (72 Task Cards)

Cell Division Task Cards (56 Task Cards)

Cells Task Cards (52 Task Cards)

Classification Task Cards (44 Task Cards)

Ecology Task Cards (110 Task Cards)

Evolution and Natural Selection Task Cards (68 Task Cards)

Five Senses Task Cards (48 Task Cards)

Heredity and Genetics Task Cards (84 Task Cards)

Homeostasis and Disease Task Cards (46 Task Cards)

Immunity Task Cards (44 Task Cards)

Human Organ Systems Overview Task Cards (30 Task Cards)

Human Anatomy and Physiology Task Cards (82 Task Cards)

Life Cycle Task Cards (44 Task Cards)

Metabolism and Nutrition Task Cards (32 Task Cards)

Microscopes Task Cards (36 Task Cards)

Plants Task Cards (100 Task Cards)

Reproduction and Development Task Cards (68 Task Cards)


SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They combine the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the Next Generation Science Standards. The labs also make interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

The following SNAPs labs will be included in this bundle:


Animal Groups Lab Stations Activity (3-LS2-1)

External Animal Parts Lab Stations Activity (4-LS1-1)

Animal Defense Adaptations Lab Stations Activity (3-LS4-2)

Environmental Adaptations Lab Stations Activity (3-LS4-3)

Life Cycle Adaptations Lab Stations Activity (MS-LS1-4)


Unicellular vs. Multicellular Organisms Lab Stations Activity (MS-LS1-1)

Animal and Plant Cells Lab Stations Activity (MS-LS1-2)

Prokaryotes vs. Eukaryotes Lab (MS-LS1-1)

Cell Receptors & Cell Communication Lab Stations Activity (MS-LS1-2)

Cell Transport Lab Stations Activity (MS-LS1-2)


Mitosis Lab Stations Activity

Meiosis Lab Stations Activity

Recombination Lab Stations Activity


• Characteristics of Living Things Lab Stations Activity

Dichotomous Keys Lab Stations Activity

Three Domain Classification System Lab Stations Activity

• Eukaryotes Lab Stations Activity

• Animal Phyla Lab Stations Activity


Animals' Food and Energy Lab Stations Activity (5-PS3-1)

Food Chains and Webs Lab Stations Activity (5-LS2-1, MS-LS2-3)

Energy Pyramids (MS-LS2-3)

Ecological Relationships Lab Station Activity (MS-LS2-2)

Nutrient Cycling Lab Station Activity (5-LS2-1)

Carbon Cycle Lab Station Activity (MS-LS2-3)

Impact of Environmental Change Lab (3-LS4-4)

Carrying Capacity Lab Station Activity (MS-LS2-1)

Ecological Succession Lab Station Activity (MS-LS2-4)

Biodiversity Lab Station Activity (MS-LS2-5)


Variation and Genetic Diversity Lab Stations Activity (MS-LS4-4)

Natural Selection Lab Stations Activity (MS-LS4-6)

Comparative Embryology Lab Station Activity (MS-LS4-3)

Comparative Anatomy Lab Station Activity (MS-LS4-2)

• Evidence of Life in the Past (Fossils) Lab (3-LS4-1)

Fossil Record Lab Stations Activity (MS-LS4-1)

Endangerment and Extinction Lab (MS-LS2-4)

Artificial Selection Lab Station Activity (MS-LS4-5)


Five Senses and Information Processing Lab Stations Activity (4-LS1-2)

Vision Lab Stations Activity (4-PS4-2)

Responding to Sensory Information & Learning Lab Stations Activity (MS-LS1-8)


Inherited vs. Learned Traits Lab Stations Activity (3-LS3-1)

Environmental Influence on Traits Lab (3-LS3-2, MS-LS1-5)

• Karyotyping & Human Heredity Lab Stations Activity

Punnett Squares Lab Station Activity (MS-LS3-2)

Pedigrees Lab Station Activity (MS-LS3-2)

Mutations Lab Station Activity (MS-LS3-1)

Genetic Engineering Lab Stations Activity (MS-LS4-5)

• Gel Electrophoresis Lab Stations Activity

• DNA Replication Lab Stations Activity

• Protein Synthesis Lab Stations Activity


• Regulating Blood Sugar Lab Stations Activity

• Infectious Disease Lab Stations Activity

• Antibiotic Resistance Lab Stations Activity

• Diseases in Developed vs. Developing Countries Lab


• Immune & Lymphatic Systems Lab Stations Activity

• Immune System Response Lab Stations Activity

• HIV Lab Stations Activity


Levels of Organization Lab Stations Activity (MS-LS1-3)

Human Body Systems Lab Stations Activity (4-LS1-1)


• Integumentary System (Skin) Lab Stations Activity

• Nervous System Lab Stations Activity

• Circulatory System & Circulation Lab Stations Activity

• Respiratory System & Gas Exchange Lab Stations Activity

• Digestive System & Digestion Lab Stations Activity

• Endocrine System & Hormones Lab Stations Activity

• Excretory System & Excretion Lab Stations Activity

Human Body Systems Interactions Lab Stations Activity (MS-LS1-3)

• Musculoskeletal System & Locomotion Lab Activity

Cellular Respiration Lab Stations Activity (MS-LS1-7)


Animal Life Cycle Lab Stations Activity (3-LS1-1)

Plant Life Cycle Lab Stations Activity (3-LS1-1)

Parent vs. Offspring Lab Stations Activity (3-LS3-1)


• Nutrition Imbalance Lab Stations Activity


Microscopes Lab Stations Activity

Using Light Microscopes Lab Stations Activity

Microscopic Measurement Lab Stations Activity


Plant Needs Lab Stations Activity (5-LS1-1)

Plant Structures Lab Stations Activity (4-LS1-1)

• Flower Anatomy Lab Station Activity

Flowering Plant Life Cycle Lab Stations Activity (MS-LS1-4)

Plant Adaptations Lab (MS-LS1-4)

Environmental Influence on Plant Growth Lab (MS-LS1-5)

Plant Symbiosis Lab Stations Activity (MS-LS2-2)

Photosynthesis Lab Stations Activity (MS-LS1-6)


Asexual vs Sexual Reproduction Lab (MS-LS3-2)

• Human Reproductive Systems Lab Stations Activity

• Human Development Lab Stations Activity

• Menstrual Cycle Lab Stations Activity

• Reproductive Technologies Lab

Note: This list of labs is subject to change. Labs may be added, combined or separated to improve the quality and effectiveness of lab activities.


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